PublicationsTimepiece Extravaganza Girard-Perregaux Presents Carbon Glass, A Revolutionary New Material True to its tradition of innovation combining aesthetics and functionality, Girard-Perregaux introduces a Carbon of exceptionally regular and homogeneous finish. Share

Vibrant, sophisticated and with a distinctive hue, CARBON GLASS is a new type of carbon that is also uniquely impermeable, resistant and lightweight. The product of extensive research, CARBON GLASS was born of the determination to create a material at the cutting edge of innovation. Demonstrating extreme stiffness, presented here with touches of blue, and anchored in this year’s “Earth to Sky” theme, this aesthetic and technical achievement is a tribute to excellence.

The material’s patented manufacturing process hinges on extreme compression at high-temperature injection. The result is a block of matter in simplified form to optimise homogeneity (regular partitions). The singular texture with a visual vibrancy is achieved by integrating the glass fibres associated to the carbon. The net effect: each finish is unique, and thus each timepiece has a character all its own.

Girard-Perregaux Presents Carbon Glass, A Revolutionary New Material
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The major innovation with this technique resides in the perfect seal achieved through the material’s impermeability: no other carbon manufacturing technique matches this level of airtightness without a container. Here, the compression of the material – which has an extremely regular and homogenous structure – leads to a high density which in turn ensures a perfect seal.

From an aesthetic perspective, the result is, contrary to other carbon applications, a smooth and uniform surface on all sides. Here, the colour is defined by using blue glass fibre, but other hues are possible as well, and even other substances such as gold may be substituted.

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